St. Rita Students Celebrate "Dia de Los Muertos"

For the second year in a row the St. Rita Spanish Club created a “Dia de los Muertos,” (Day of the Dead) Altar.

Dia de los Muertos originated centuries ago in Mexico, where it is still widely celebrated to this day. The holiday is a blend of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Spanish Catholic beliefs.  This altar was created by students from our Spanish Club as well as students enrolled in Spanish and Theology classes.  Most of the items you see were made by our students.  On the altar you can see sugar skulls, prayer cards, papel picado, paper crosses, masks and photo frames to honor our deceased loved ones from our school community.  Staff and faculty also contributed to this project in the spirit of Saint Rita High School’s Augustinian values of Truth, Unity and Love. 

Once the altar was completed, students from the Spanish Club participated in a fiesta complete with Mexican food and drink items as well as authentic Mexican sweets.  Check out our guys in action in the photos below! 

The St. Rita High School Spanish Club with Ms. Yanez and Mrs. Earley at the Day of the Dead altar

Once the altar was completed, students from the Spanish Club participated in a fiesta complete with Mexican food and drink items as well as authentic Mexican sweets.  Check out our guys in action in the photos below! 

Also, Mrs. Earley recently took her Spanish I class on a field trip to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Pilsen, where they learned about the Day of the Dead tradition and viewed the museum's exhibit.